Next-generation Mazda RX sports car will only arrive with a rotary engine, design chief says

Article by Christian A., on September 30, 2014

Mazda’s global design chief Ikuo Maeda seems determined to convince company officials that the brand needs a new RX model. Maeda, who designed the RX-8 sports car while his father was the creator of the RX-7, says that he will never give up but still, nothing has been decided. What’s for sure is that the next-generation sports car won’t get a fuel-injected Skyactiv engine.

Maeda is convinced that the upcoming vehicle should get a rotary engine because even its name, RX, refers to ‘rotary’. For those who don’t know, the RX-8 was phased out in 2012 due to poor sales and according to Mazda CEO Masamachi Kogai, the company needs to make sure that sales of an upcoming RX model would total 100,000 units per year in order to justify a revival.

The last generation Mazda RX, the RX-8, used a 1.3-liter rotary engine that produced 250 hp and was bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Regarding the performances, the RX-8 was able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.2 seconds, while offering a top speed of 224 km/h or 139 mph. If built, the new generation is expected to be much faster than the RX-8 but also more fuel-efficient.

Mazda designed the new RX-8 to feature a standout, athletically sculpted exterior. The design enhancements made on the new Mazda RX-8 were intended to freshen its styling and deliver a new appearance without compromising its basic design theme. For instance, the new Mazda RX-8 boasts of a number of restyled elements, like its front fascia as well as its front and rear bumpers.

Its lighting units on the front and rear ends now feature a sporty, high quality finish while its exhaust pipes – at 90 mm in diameter – are now larger than before. The Japanese carmaker has the new RX-8 feature a five-spoke wheel, with a design reminiscent of the rotary engine. Each wheel size has a different spoke arrangement.

The Japanese auto company has provided the new Mazda RX-8 with classic sports car proportions, taut muscular lines, as well as the brand’s vaunted Zoom-Zoom edge.

Thanks to its "freestyle" four-door design, the new Mazda RX-8 doesn’t have to compromise roominess or convenience just to add more performance. Its rear-hinged rear doors are designed to deliver a large opening, which allows occupants to benefit from easy egress and ingress. urthermore, large door openings offer benefits when securing a baby or a small child in the rear cabin. The rear cabin of the new Mazda RX-8 is large enough to comfortably accommodate four full-size adults. Its trunk is also spacious enough to carry a large amount of luggage.

Outside, the new Mazda RX-8 offers the form of a true sports car, while inside, it delivers a comfortable and intelligently styled cabin. The minor tweaks implemented on the new Mazda RX-8 lent the car with simple yet functional interior that supports driving enjoyment.

Mazda re-shaped the center instrument panel to deliver a sense of dynamic movement, with the tachometer featuring a variable red-zone rises as the engine reaches operating temperature. The new RX-8 also comes with a new steering wheel as well as redesigned seats on the front and rear cabins.

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